Dorset in South-West England has a rich cultural life and stunning scenery making it a wonderful destination for a weekend break or longer trip. Plush is a peaceful village with unspoilt hill walks to enjoy in every direction around the Piddle valley. There are two B&B’s in the village, while the surrounding area offers more holiday cottages, B&B’s and camping from Dorchester to the coast. Visit Places to Stay for more information.

There are many National Trust beauty spots for you to enjoy in Dorset including the village of Cerne Abbas, just 10 minutes drive from Plush, with its (in)famous chalk giant and a gaggle of charming pubs. Exploring the World Heritage Site Jurassic coastline is a great way to spend the day. We recommend trips to Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door or Burton Bradstock, with its distinctive ochre cliffs, where superb food can be enjoyed at the Hive Beach Cafe.

For walkers there is a trail starting at Plush which takes in the famous Dorset Gap, an important road crossing since the Middle Ages right through to the 19th century. All around this site there is evidence of hilltop cross dykes, burial mounds and traces of an unfinished Iron Age hillfort to the remnants of a Medieval settlement in the valley below.

During the summer events take place throughout the region, from village fetes to food festivals centred around Bridport, which even has a hat festival! For more food tips visit www.dorsetfoodanddrink.org which has details about local Farmers’ Markets and Food Festivals.


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By Car

Plush Festival
Plush Manor (St Johns)
Plush
Dorset DT2 7RJ

Plush is tucked away in the Piddle valley, 20 mins drive from Dorchester.

There is a parking space provided at Plush Manor. The entrance to the driveway is at the end of the lane past the Brace of Pheasants pub. Look out for signs guiding you there. Please avoid parking on lawns, outside the front of the church or anywhere which might block a farm gate! Thank you.

By Train

Trains run every hour from London Waterloo to Dorchester South station (2 1/2 hrs). There is a taxi line at the station, expect to pay £15 around for the journey of 20 minutes to Plush. Trains also run to Dorchester West and Sherborne.

For other taxi needs we recommend our local friends Abbotts Taxis Tel: 01300 348 600.

Where to Stay

In Plush village there is an excellent pub B&B:

The Brace of Pheasants
Plush, Dorset DT2 7RQ
01300 348 357
www.braceofpheasants.co.uk

For other options please visit Places to Stay or contact the ever helpful Dorset Tourist Information Center: Tel: 01305 267992, Email: dorchester.tic@westdorset-dc.gov.uk or Visit Dorset.

Access

Wheelchairs are welcome. Please contact us in advance so that we can arrange your visit. Vounteers will be informed so they can be on hand to offer assistance if required.

Comfort

If its bad weather we suggest bringing an umbrella and warm clothes as the church is quite exposed (but has heating inside).

Food & Drink

Our home-run drinks bar offers a selection of wine, pimms, soft drinks and snacks. For a more substantial meal many people bring a picnic to enjoy in the church grounds. Alternatively, the multiple award-winning Brace of Pheasants is a listed pub with olde charms and a lip smacking menu. We run a BBQ from time to time (but only when advertised).